‘Three-parent DNA treatment for rare defect raises debate’

‘Some models pumping out up to 40 times the legal limit of the pollutant nitrogen oxide – despite being marketed as more environmentally friendly.’

‘BBC makes last minute changes to assisted suicide documentary, after Samaritans complaint’

Media headlines such as those above remind us that careful examination of purpose, human nature, identity & value, and the meaning & integrity of any sense of ought maintains vitality. The subject gives young people the freedom and tools to think deeply, understanding and analysing arguments and commonly-accepted (or rejected) beliefs, relating to the above, with rigor. 

Over five years, students cover key beliefs from the six major world religions, along with contrasting secular perspectives such as humanism, as they link to themes studied. Key practices within these religions are also studied, both enriching understanding of beliefs and building well-informed young people, responsive to a rich world and able to deal with difference and recognise shared goods. 

The department is always looking for ways to extend and enrich classroom learning. Trips range from visiting relevant places of worship to a long weekend looking at the Philosophy found in Paris. We also attend and have hosted major A Level revision conferences. 
First and Second formers study a course designed to establish a solid foundation for GCSE. They are provided with essential background knowledge and given the opportunity to develop their academic skills ready for GCSE.

All pupils study RS up to GCSE level. We follow the OCR specification, which is broken into three sections: Beliefs, Teachings and Practices of one religion; Beliefs, Teachings and Practices of a second religion; and Religion, philosophy and ethics in the modern world from a religious perspective. 

A Level RS, Philosophy and Ethics is a popular option in the Sixth Form. We follow the AQA specification, which is broken into two equal units: Philosophy and Religion; and Ethics, Religion and Society. 

A Level students are expected to undertake a significant amount of wider reading. To support students in doing this the department has put together a suggested reading list (accessed through this webpage). The library is well stocked with all of the suggested reading and much more besides.

Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.